Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Saturday said that the peak of the third wave has arrived in the national capital. “Let’s see when the decline begins. But it seems like cases have begun to slow down,” Jain said.
Daily Covid-19 cases dropped sharply in Delhi and Mumbai on Friday as India recorded a slight dip in tally with 2.70 infections. However, testing across the nation saw a sudden drop from 18.86 lajh to Read More
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India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 156 crore with more than 57 lakh vaccine doses administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night. Cumulatively, 52,40,53,061 first doses have been administered to individuals in the 18-44 age group across states and union territories and 36,73,83,765 second doses have been given since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive, according to health ministry data. In the 15-18 age group, 3,36,09,191 vaccine doses have been administered, the ministry said.
Twenty-two more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Punjab while 6,883 fresh coronavirus cases took the infection tally to 6,56,549, according to a medical bulletin issued on Saturday. Six new fatalities were reported from Patiala, five from Ludhiana, three from Amritsar, two each from Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur and one each from Mohali and Sangrur. The fresh deaths pushed the pandemic toll to 16,754 in the state. The number of active cases rose to 37,546 from 34,303 on Friday.
42,462 new Covid-19 cases and 23 deaths reported in Maharashtra today. Active caseload stands at 2,64,441. 125 Omicron infections were reported in the state today, taking the case tally to 1,730.
Haryana on Saturday reported another surge of COVID-19 cases with 9,050 fresh infections and seven fatalities, taking the active cases in the state to 46,720. Of the seven deaths, two were reported in Sonipat district and one each in Gurugram, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani and Kaithal. With these, the total number of deaths in the state rose to 10,098, according to the health department’s daily bulletin. With these fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 8,37,998.
Bihar’s Covid-19 tally rose to 7,81,716 on Saturday as 6,325 people tested positive for the infection, 216 less than the previous day, while four fresh fatalities pushed the state’s toll to 12,127, a health bulletin said. Patna registered 2,305 fresh infections, 189 more than the previous day. The capital city also accounted for 14,131 of the 35,916 active cases in the state. Three fresh fatalities were registered in Patna and one in Motihari in East Champaran district, it said. A total of 7,33,673 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 4,489 in the last 24 hours.
Gujarat on Saturday reported seven COVID-19 fatalities, the highest rise in a single day in the last few months, taking the overall toll to 10,151. However, the new cases in the state dropped for the second consecutive day on Saturday with the registration of 9,177 infections, raising the overall tally to 9,16,090, the Gujarat health department said. On Thursday, new cases in Gujarat had surged past 11,000 before easing at 10,019 Friday. Of the seven fresh fatalities, Surat reported three deaths, Ahmedabad two, while Navsari and Rajkot each saw one fatality, the department said.
Karnataka Congress MLA Priyank Kharge who had participated in the party’s padayatra demanding implementation of Mekedatu project, on Saturday said, he tested positive for COVID-19. “Missed Covid in the 1st wave, ducked it in the 2nd wave, even had a false positive once. After several negative tests, I have now tested positive for Covid. Thankfully all my staff members have tested -ve. Request anyone who was in touch with me to get tested as per norms,” Kharge tweeted.
The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 8,24,543 on Saturday with the addition of 5,315 fresh cases but no fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, a state health official said. The case positivity rate in MP stood at 6.6 per cent as against 5.9 per cent on Friday, when the state had recorded 4,755 infections, he said. The recovery count in MP stood at 7,88,484 after 1,186 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, he said. MP is now left with 25,516 active cases, the official said.
Mumbai on Saturday reported 11 new coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day toll since July 29 last year, and 10,661 fresh infections, the civic body said. As many as 21,474 patients were discharged, taking the total of recoveries to 8,99,358.The number of new infected patients has been decreasing for the last three days, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) data.
Registering yet another spike in numbers, Karnataka on Saturday logged 32,793 new cases of COVID-19, and 7 fatalities, taking the tally to 31,86,040 and the death toll to 38,418. The state, which has been witnessing a steady surge in cases since the last week of December, had recorded 28,723 fresh infections on Friday. Of the new cases today, 22,284 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 2,479 people being discharged and 5 deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now 1,69,850.
At least 250 doctors and paramedics of various hospitals across Kashmir have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last fortnight, an official said on Saturday. He said with such a large number of members from the medical fraternity getting infected with the virus, the valley was finding the situation challenging. Over 250 doctors and paramedics of Government Medical College Srinagar and its associated hospitals tested positive for COVID-19 in last 15 days, professor and head of department, community medicine, GMC Srinagar, Dr Salim Khan said.
Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported 15,795 fresh coronavirus infections that pushed its active caseload to 95,148, while four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 22,953, an official statement issued here said. Lucknow reported the highest number of fresh cases at 2,769, followed by 1,873 from Gautam Budh Nagar, 1,371 from Ghaziabad and 1,135 from Meerut, among other districts, it said. With the new infections, Uttar Pradesh’s coronavirus tally stands at 18,16,974. The latest deaths were reported from Lucknow, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Mainpuri, the statement said.
Although the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi rose almost by nine times between January 1 and 14, the percentage of patients on ventilator support in city hospitals grew only by double during the same period, government data showed. During the second wave of coronavirus when the number of cases were on similar lines, the hospitalisation rate and those on ventilator support was higher, officials said. The city government has, at various stages, said that people developing serious illness are mostly those who are unvaccinated and have comorbidities. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had earlier this week said that though the cases are increasing, the hospitalisation rate has stabilised which indicates that the wave has plateaued.
Delhi reported 20,718 Covid-19 cases and 30 fatalities while the positivity rate stood at 30.64 per cent, according to health department data. The dip in the number of cases can be attributed to fewer tests conducted the previous day. On Friday, Delhi had reported 24,383 cases with a positivity rate of 30.64 per cent and 34 deaths. On Thursday, the city logged 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, and 31 deaths, while the positivity rate stood at 29.21 per cent.
China reported fewer new confirmed coronavirus cases for Jan. 14 than a day earlier, but details on the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant remained unclear ahead of the Lunar New Year travel season later this month. In a statement on Saturday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reported 165 new confirmed coronavirus cases for Jan. 14, down from 201 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 104 were locally transmitted, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, compared with 143 a day earlier.
Kerala reports 17,755 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths today; Active caseload stands at 90,649. The death toll rose to 50,674. Meanwhile, 89 deaths have been added to the death tally as per the guidelines of the Central government.
Twenty more people, including eight students, residing on the IIT Kharagpur campus have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Saturday. Twelve faculty members and non-teaching staff of the premier institute are among the new patients, he said. “The fresh infections were reported in the last two-three days as authorities have adopted a strategy of testing and tracing to contain the spread of the disease,” Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Registrar Tamal Nath told PTI. Sixty people of the institute, including students and researchers, were found infected with COVID-19 between January 1 and 4.
Delhi reports 20,718 new cases and 30 deaths in last 24 hours; active cases rise to 93,407. Positivity rate remains at 30.64%. On Friday, Delhi had reported 24,383 new Coronavirus cases.
Amid the scare caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a senior official of the Maharashtra health department has said that the Delta strain of the virus still accounts for the maximum number of infection cases in the state as revealed by the genome sequencing of the patients’ samples. Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary of the health department, in a letter written to his colleagues on Wednesday said that the Delta variant was found in 68 per cent samples, out of the over 4,200 analysed, while the remaining 32 per cent patients were found infected with the Omicron strain.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday said COVID cases in the region have risen 10 times in the past 10 days. The sharp spike has necessitated strict observance of the COVID-appropriate behaviour, protocols, and curtailment of unnecessary movement by the general public, it said.
The administration has declared 12 containment zones in the Jammu city as the number of COVID cases rose to 588. The Government Medical College (GMC) and associated hospitals in Jammu have suspended routine surgeries except those of cancer and emergency surgeries.
The national capital on Friday recorded 24,383 COVID-19 cases, a 15.5 per cent decline from a day earlier, even as the positivity rate mounted to 30.64 per cent, indicating that every third sample collected for a coronavirus test returned a positive report in the past 24 hours. Thirty-four fatalities were also reported on Friday, according to data shared by the Delhi health department.
On Thursday, 28,867 COVID-19 cases were reported, which was the sharpest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, when the city had conducted 98,832 tests. However, Friday’s figure of coronavirus cases came out of 79,578 tests, with a senior government official saying the drop in cases may be due to lower testing “The low number of tests can be attributed to the change in testing guidelines. In an advisory issued earlier this week, the (central) government had said that asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical/non-surgical invasive procedures should not be tested unless warranted or symptoms develop,” the official said.
Mumbai on Friday reported nine fresh deaths linked to COVID-19, the highest single-day fatalities since August 11, 2021, and 11,317 new cases, down 17.60 per cent from the previous day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.With these additions, the financial capital’s coronavirus tally rose to 9,81,306, while the death toll increased to 16,435, a BMC bulletin said.
Also, 22,073 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, it said.This was the second consecutive day when Mumbai witnessed a dip in daily coronavirus infections.
The city had reported 13,702 COVID-19 cases and six fatalities on Thursday. It means the metropolis has recorded a 17.60 per cent drop in cases, or 2,385 less, in the last 24 hours.